Structured PhD (Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences) (Archaeology)

College of Arts, Social Sciences, & Celtic Studies,
School of Geography and Archaeology

Course overview

Download Structured PhD guidelines (PDF file) here.

The Structured PhD in Archaeology is a four-year, full-time programme of study and research and applicants must have a high honours standard in their primary degree or present such other evidence of fitness which will satisfy the Head of discipline and the College of Arts, Social Sciences and Celtic Studies.



  • As part of the doctoral training available on the Structured PhD programme, students avail themselves of a range of interdisciplinary taught modules. The wide menu of available options include modules that:

  • are Discipline-Specific in that they augment the student’s existing knowledge in their specialist area, e.g., Introduction to Adobe Photoshop; Introduction to Digital Surveying and Archaeological Specialisms.

  • are Dissertation-Specific in that they supply core skills which are essential to completion of the research project.

  • acknowledge a student’s professional development, e.g., presentation of a paper at an International Conference and core surveying skills.

  • enhance a student’s employability through generic training.


Each student will be assigned a primary Supervisor(s) and a Graduate Research Committee made up of experienced researchers to plan their programme of study and to provide on-going support to their research

Programmes available

Structured PhD (Archaeology)—full-time

Entry requirements

Applicants for the PhD must have a high honours standard in their primary degree or present such other evidence of fitness which will satisfy the Head of Discipline and the College of Arts, Social Sciences, and Celtic Studies.

Areas of interest

The Burren Landscape Through Time
Exploring the archaeology of the Burren from prehistoric to early modern times.

Landscape Archaeology
Providing an enhanced understanding of the interaction between people and landscape, from prehistoric times to modern day.

Ritual and Place
Exploring the role and context of ritual centres in prehistoric and medieval Ireland.

Material Culture, Art and Society
Exploring the style, pedigree and iconography of religious and decorative art in early medieval Ireland against its wider European backdrop.

Gaelic and Colonial Ireland
Providing modern Irish society with a new understanding of native society and its engagement with newcomers and colonisation.

Public Archaeology
Developing professional ethics and standards through mutually accountable work with communities to support their heritage in Ireland and abroad with particular concern for the positive and negative impact of development.

Irish Prehistory
All aspects of Irish prehistory including, but not limited to: the development of societies; interactions between people, place and landscape in prehistory; upland settlement; regionality; role of mountains in prehistory; megalithic monuments; lithics.  

Find out more

Ms Maggie Ronayne
E maggie.ronayne@nuigalway.ie
T +353 91 493 701

PAC code

GYG04
Important: apply by mid-July for September entry

Current project

Fees for this course

EU: €4,275 p.a. 2014/15 inclusive of levy

Non-EU: €13,250 p.a. 2014/15

Current Students

Enda O'Flaherty

Structured PhD (Archaeology)

"The provision of additional structured learning opportunities compliments a student’s own research.  This option to receive formal accredited training assists a student’s own academic endeavours but also encourages their professional development through the growth of an adaptable skill base."

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